The more I read about the Penn State scandal, the angrier I get, on two levels. First is the obvious, these things should never happen to children, ever. And second, how can anyone who sees what Mike McQueary saw not stop it immediately? I’m sorry but the excuse that they did what was required by law just doesn’t cut it. There is a moral responsibility here.
This weekend I read two pieces which state my feelings on this. The first, “Penn State: Morality vs. Legality” the author makes this point:
I have so many questions about this scandal: How do you witness a crime, especially a crime against a child and walk away? Why did McQueary not stop the assault? If McQueary had been a kid himself that would be one thing; he wasn’t, he was 28 when he witnessed the alleged rape. Why then, at the very least, did he not call 911? Why did he leave the scene of the crime and phone his dad for advice instead?
These are the same questions I have. What would you do? I know what I would do, even if I were to risk my life doing it, I would stop it right then and there. I don’t know anything about McQueary, but I have to question his upbringing. Shouldn’t a sense of obligation to save a child been instilled in him somewhere along the way, wither by his parents, his school or his church?
A second article entitled “Penn State: A Crisis in Morality” gives us this:
But the larger social lessons should be isolated and studied before the media gets bored and moves on to the next scandal. Because the real failing here was that values were compromised, basic beliefs about right and wrong, and what we are prepared to do about them. For a long time we have embraced the heresy that values can be set free from the bedrock of deeper spiritual beliefs, that in an increasingly secular nation, “institutional values” are an acceptable, politically correct substitute. Nonsense.
This is the real failing here, values have been compromised. They are compromised every day. When you become a secular nation, you no longer value right or wrong, you can no longer tell the difference between the two. We teach our children moral values as taught by the Bible are only second to the government’s values, or in this case the values of a big time college sports program.
Another case of our upside down morality.
24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Matthew 27: 24 – 25 (ESV)